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German Proverbs





German proverbs provide a unique insight into the language, cultures, and societies of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. They are also rich with literary history and legend, and at times share origins with English proverbs. So browse for what you're looking for, or simply wander around to deepen your knowledge of German proverbs.

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Schadenfreude ist die beste Freude
a hunchback laughs when he sees another one with a larger lump (lit.: joy at another's misfortune is the best joy)

Schlafende Hunde soll man nicht wecken
Let sleeping dogs lie (lit.: one should not wake sleeping dogs)

Schuster, bleib bei deinem Leisten
shoemaker, stick to your last

Setz nicht alles auf eine Karte
don't put all your eggs in one basket (lit.: do not bet on only one card)

Steter Tropfen höhlt den Stein
slow but steady wins the race (lit.: a steady drop will carve the stone)


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